UPDATE: 5:30 p.m. At 5:05 p.m., prison authorities reported that inmate Richard Robert Fortier returned to the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit. He was transported to the New Hampshire State Prison in Concord.
MANCHESTER, NH – Authorities are looking for an inmate who left the minimum security prison half-way house he was living in to go to work Wednesday morning, and never showed up.
Richard Robert Fortier, 26, of Keene, left the Calumet Transitional Housing Unit, 126 Lowell St., in Manchester at about 6:45 a.m. June 24 but never reported for work. He was placed on “walk away” status from the minimum security residence by the New Hampshire Department of Corrections at 12:30 p.m.
Fortier was sentenced in Merrimack County Superior Court to 2 to 4 years for reckless conduct. He was arrested in 2013 for selling jewelry valued at about $75,000 stolen from a Wilmot residence. He received 93 days of time served credited to his sentence. He was admitted to the New Hampshire State Prison on January 10, 2014 and is eligible for parole on October 8, 2015. His maximum release date is October 7, 2017.
Fortier is 5 foot 8 inches tall, 170 pounds, with brown hair and blue eyes. He has tattoos on both arms.
The New Hampshire Department of Corrections Investigations Bureau and the New Hampshire State Police are investigating. Anyone with information on his whereabouts should call their local law enforcement agency or the New Hampshire State Prison at 603-271-1801.